Fave Recipe – Orange Brownies

Paula Deen outdid herself with this here recipe.  Oh. My. Stars.  The taste buds will thank you for years on end for this sweet something. C’mon now. Orange Brownies 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 2 cups granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened 4 eggs 2 teaspoons pure orange extract 1 teaspoon grated orange zest 1 recipe Orange Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan. For the brownies: Stir together flour, granulated sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add butter, eggs, orange extract, and orange zest. Using a hand-held electric mixer, beat until well blended. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until light golden brown and set. Remove from oven, allow to cool and pierce entire cake with a fork. Spread the Orange Cream Cheese Frosting over completely cooled brownies. Cut into squares. Orange Cream Cheese Frosting: 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened 4 tablespoons softened butter 1 (1-pound) box confectioners’ sugar 2 tablespoons orange zest 2 tablespoons orange juice In a large mixing bowl, whip the butter and cream cheese together with a hand-held electric mixer. Gradually beat in the confectioners’ sugar until it is all combined and smooth. Beat in the orange zest and juice. Spread over brownies.

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